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The week-long celebration of Kwanzaa begins Dec. 26, but children and adults can enjoy an afternoon of pre-Kwanzaa festivities on Sunday, Dec. 13 in Lebanon.

“This will be a real learning opportunity,” said Mary Harris, president of the Roy Bailey African American History Museum and Wilson County Black History Committee, organizers of the event. “It’s a program geared toward young people, but everyone is welcome.”

The pre-Kwanzaa celebration, which will begin at 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church, will include food, praise dancers from the community and other entertainment, a question-and-answer opportunity and remarks by Pastor Robert Jordan. State Rep. Brenda Gilmore will be the special guest at the occasion. The event is free and open to the public.

Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church is at 633 Glover Street in Lebanon. For more information about the event, call 360-8279; the Roy Bailey African American History Museum, 449-2911; or email

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